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18/01/2011 14:16:04

Haiti - Jacmel : The old school of Rene Depestre rebuilt
The inhabitants of Lézignan-Corbière (Hautes-Pyrenees - France) had responded generously to the appeal launched by the poet-writer Franco-Haitian René Depestre for the reconstruction of the school of Jacmel, destroyed by the earthquake of January 2010. This school, where René Depestre learned to read and write, 80 years ago, is now rebuilt and will open soon. Over the past year, the Haitian students studying in tents.

Despite the difficult situation post-earthquake, which prevails in Haiti, the teachers continued to work "The culture is standing [...] a country must be refounded, even more than rebuilt", said René Depestre "It starts with education. This is why the schools are a priority in the long list of urgent work. The financial windfall is yet to be paid, the financial windfall slow to be paid, because donors want to send money to the serious and credible Haitian. Health and food aid have been made. For the rest we expect the elections, hoping for me that Mirlande Manigat, which came out in front of the first round is elected. She will surround himself with competent people. Recently she called me. She asked me to be his adviser, but at 85 years soon, is not possible for me! I have great confidence in her. It will take head on the Haitian tragedy".

About René Depestre:
René Depestre, poet and writer was born August 29, 1926 in Jacmel, Haiti. In 1945 he published his first poems in the collection Étincelles. Engaged in the political life of his country, he is incarcerated and has to leave Haiti for exile in France and then to Cuba.It exerts during nearly twenty years of important functions at the sides of Fidel Castro and Che Guevarra. He continues to write poetry and edits "Minerai noir" in 1956 in which he discusses the suffering and humiliation of slavery. In the 1970s, he fled Cuba and Castro's excesses, and moved to Paris where he worked many years for UNESCO.

René Depestre continues his work of writer-poet in Lézignan-Corbière where he settled in the 80s. His novel "Hadriana dans tous mes rêves"(1988) receives the Renaudot Prize, the Prix du Roman de la Société des Gens de Lettres and the Prix du Roman of the Royal Academy of Language and Literature French in Belgium. In April 2007 he was the winner of the Robert Ganzo Poetry for his book "La rage de vivre" published by Editions Seghers.

René Depestre should publish by the summer "Souci d'un Haïti debout" inspired by the tragedy of his homeland, he wants to make intelligible the permanent chaos, from 1692 to today and a second book written before the earthquake "Une gomme pour le crayon du Christ". Like all intellectuals he hope that these books will have an effective influence on civil society and politics.

René Depestre is the uncle of Michaelle Jean, the former Governor General of Canada, currently the special envoy of UNESCO for Haiti.

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